9 best memory foam pillows for extra neck support and comfort

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Whether it’s mattresses, pillows, duvets or fitted sheets, making sure your sleep set-up is to your taste is essential for making sure you get enough shut-eye. If it’s the best memory foam pillow you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. These hi-tech head-huggers are ergonomic, breathable and quite frankly brilliant.

If you suffer from neck, back or shoulder pain, a firmer memory foam pillow may be a good way to go. “Firm pillows tend to support the head at the correct height when sleeping on the side or back, and thus reduce strain at these regions,” says Professor Neal L Millar, professor of orthopaedic surgery and honorary consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Glasgow.

He continues: “They can also absorb motion and prevent it from transferring, creating more stability in the neck region. By distributing weight, memory foam pillows provide relief for pressure points that cause pain. However, everyone’s needs are different and if the pillow is too firm then, equally, this could cause more pain and sleep disturbance. Trying different brands will give you a good idea of what works for you.”

Testing these pillows involved lots of sleeping. We used the pillows in a wide range of scenarios: on camping trips, to see how they fared on uneven surfaces; on hot, muggy nights when temperature regulation was a priority; and on cooler nights when we were simply craving something snug and soft.

We’d recently suffered a quad-biking accident that had left us with a broken rib and a strained neck and shoulders. The silver lining to this injury is it provided the perfect opportunity to give these pillows thorough testing – never have we placed more value on a pillow that offers optimal support without compromising on breathability (our injury meant we spent significantly more time in bed than we usually do, to put it bluntly).

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